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Relational Perspectives Book Series

Series Editor: Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

Associate Editor: Steven Kuchuck, Eyal Rozmarin

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

New and Published Books

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  1. Child Therapy in the Great Outdoors

    A Relational View

    By Sebastiano Santostefano

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Building on relational conceptualizations of enactment and on developmental research that attests to the role of embodied, nonverbal language in the meanings children impute to their experiences, Sebastiano Santostefano offers this compelling demonstration of effective child therapy conducted in...

    Published November 12th 2004 by Routledge

  2. Impossible Training

    A Relational View of Psychoanalytic Education

    By Emanuel Berman

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Over the past century psychoanalysis has gone on to establish training institutes, professional societies, accreditation procedures, and models of education, thus bringing into uneasy alliance all three impossible pursuits. In Impossible Training: A Relational View of Psychoanalytic Education,...

    Published August 2nd 2004 by Routledge

  3. Relationality

    From Attachment to Intersubjectivity

    By Stephen A. Mitchell

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In his final contribution to the psychoanalytic literature published two months before his untimely death on December 21, 2000, the late Stephen A. Mitchell provided a brilliant synthesis of the interrelated ideas that hover around, and describe aspects of, the relational matrix of human experience...

    Published December 1st 2003 by Routledge

  4. Unformulated Experience

    From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis

    By Donnel B. Stern

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this powerful and wonderfully accessible meditation on psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, and social constructivism, Donnel Stern explores the relationship between two fundamental kinds of experience: explicit verbal reflection and "unformulated experience," or experience we have not yet reflected on...

    Published April 1st 2003 by Routledge

  5. Soul on the Couch

    Spirituality, Religion, and Morality in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

    Edited by Charles Spezzano, Gerald J. Gargiulo

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Ever since Freud put religion on the couch in "The Future of an Illusion," there has been an uneasy peace, with occasional skirmishes, between these two great disciplines of subjectivity. As prime meaning givers, God and the unconscious have vied for supremacy in our thinking about ourselves,...

    Published April 1st 2003 by Routledge

  6. Affect in Psychoanalysis

    A Clinical Synthesis

    By Charles Spezzano

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Drawing on the writings of Freud, Fairbairn, Klein, Sullivan, and Winnicott, Spezzano offers a radical redefinition of the analytic process as the intersubjective elaboration and regulation of affect. The plight of analytic patients, he holds, is imprisonment within crude fantasy elaborations of...

    Published February 1st 2003 by Routledge

  7. Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation

    Emotional Engagement in the Analytic Process

    By Karen J. Maroda

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation demonstrates how interpersonal psychoanalysis obliges analysts to engage their patients with genuine emotional responsiveness, so that not only the patient but the analyst too is open to ongoing transformation through the analytic experience. In so doing,...

    Published December 1st 2002 by Routledge

  8. The Reproduction of Evil

    A Clinical and Cultural Perspective

    By Sue Grand

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Why is it that victims of abuse so often become perpetrators, and what can psychoanalysis offer to these survivor-perpetrators, whose criminal conduct seems to transcend the possibilities of empathic psychoanalytic inquiry. In The Reproduction of Evil, Sue Grand engages these deeply troublesome...

    Published June 1st 2002 by Routledge

  9. A Meeting of Minds

    Mutuality in Psychoanalysis

    By Lewis Aron

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this richly nuanced assessment of the various dimensions of mutuality in psychoanalysis, Aron shows that the relational approach to psychoanalysis is a powerful guide to issues of technique and therapeutic strategy. From his reappraisal of the concepts of interaction and enactment, to his...

    Published December 1st 2001 by Routledge

  10. The Therapist as a Person

    Life Crises, Life Choices, Life Experiences, and Their Effects on Treatment

    Edited by Barbara Gerson

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this collection of powerfully illuminating and often poignant essays, contributors candidly discuss the impact of central life crises and identity concerns on their work as therapists. With chapters focusing on identity concerns associated with the body-self (body size, ethnicity, sexual...

    Published July 1st 2001 by Routledge